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Faber College Relocates to Bourbon Street. Louie Louie Meets Iko Iko.

Artist Song Buy
John Belushi  Louie, Louie (1978) [soundtrack Animal House]  buy on itunes
Belle Stars  Iko Iko (1989) [soundtrack Rain Man]  buy on itunes
Flamin Groovies  Louie Louie (1971)  buy on itunes
Warren Zevon  Iko-Iko (1969)  buy on itunes
Kingsmen  Louie, Louie (1963)  buy on itunes
Samuel E. Wright  Iko Iko (1996) [soundtrack Little Mermaid 2]  buy on itunes
Richard Berry and the Pharaohs  Louie Louie (1956)  buy on itunes
Sugarboy Crawford  Jockomo (1954)  buy on itunes
Fastball  Lou-ee Lou-ee (2004)  buy on itunes
Jesus Alemany  Shallow Water Rumba (2000)  buy on itunes
Modern Talking  Brother Louie (1986)  buy on itunes
Grateful Dead  Aiko Aiko [live Dec 30, 1986, Oakland CA]   buy on itunes
Black Flag  Louie Louie (1981)  buy on itunes
Doctor John w/ the Meters  Iko Iko [date unk, live, Montreux]  buy on itunes
Cramps  Papa Satan Sang Louie (2003)  buy on itunes
Cyndi Lauper  Iko Iko (1986)  buy on itunes
Otis Redding  Louie, Louie (1965)  buy on itunes
Whatever  Iko Iko [date unk, live, Columbia SC]  buy on itunes
Paul Revere & the Raiders  Louie, Louie (1964)  buy on itunes
Zap Mama  Iko Iko (2000) [soundtrack Mission: Impossible 2]  buy on itunes
Pretenders  Louie Louie (1981)  buy on itunes
One-Eyed Show  Moon & Iko Iko [live March 28, 2003, Columbus OH]   buy on itunes


Both songs are highly associated with wild 'n' crazy parties. For
"Louie Louie" that would be a beer-soaked frat bash, like the ones
at fictional Faber College in the movie Animal House. For "Iko Iko"
it's the Mardi Gras.

Both songs have been covered and performed a zillion times,
yet their original versions are rarely heard. Both originated
with 1950s R&B artists, namely Richard F. Berry (1935-1997) and
James Crawford (1934- ).

Both songs have distinctive rhythmic patterns. Louie is based on
the famous "Duh duh duh. Duh duh" that Berry learned from a song of the
day called "El Loco Cha Cha." Iko is based on the New Orleans specialty
known as "second line."

So, wha'd he say?
"Louie Louie" is about a sailor far from home who
misses his girlfriend. He speaks in faux-Jamaican phrases as he tells
his woes to a bartender named Louie. "Iko Iko" is about confrontations among the
Mardi Gras Indians.
They send forth their spy boy and their flag boy to hassle rival tribes,
and they issue taunts and challenges in a strange cant.

Both have a history of being hard to comprehend.
For Louie,
it's the odd pidgin of the lyrics ("Me see Jamaican moon above") combined with
the casual diction of
Kingsmen frontman Jack Ely.
People could not understand the words, so they thought they were hearing
obscene lyrics. As a result, there was a nationwide scandal,
recounted by
Eric Predoehl and
Theo de Grood.
That's pretty racy stuff for a song
that is really about a homesick guy.
For Iko, the issue is that
incomprehensible "Jock-o-mo-fee-na-nay" refrain. People could not understand the
words, so they thought they were hearing childish nonsense. As a result,
the song gained new life as a kiddie staple, exemplified here
by Sam Wright doing the voice of Sebastian the Crab. That's pretty tame stuff for a
song that is really about
gang fights.
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Date: 10/3/2004
A tip of the hat for the background info on two classics!
joey de vivre
Date: 10/3/2004
What a combination - these 2 tunes go together like red beans & rice, or maybe more like beer & BBQ. Fine choices, great lineup, good liner notes, and most importantly, this has got to be fun to listen to. A+
Date: 10/3/2004
Awesome project. Enlightening, too!
Eleanor Rigby
Date: 10/3/2004
oh man i <3 red beans and rice so I think I like this mix too
Sankt Nikolaus
Date: 10/3/2004
I imagine you must've won all the science fairs as a kid. Great job!
Date: 10/4/2004
An excellent lookin' Mix here !
Nest of Vipers
Date: 1/8/2005
Whoa! Where the fuck was I? This is funny and fun!
Date: 2/28/2005
Some cool shit, indeed . . .
Date: 2/21/2006
This mix has been added to the Exhibit "Where You Got Those Shoes: New Orleans." Check it out at the AOTM Exhibits page.

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